Big Winners in US Lottery Latest News

 
 
The lottery latest news has brought two interesting stories from America this week. Clearly the Mega Millions and PowerBall lotteries are worth playing.

The first item of lottery latest news comes from the organizers of the Mega Millions draw. According to a press release, the draw is undergoing some changes in October this year; the success of the lottery means moves are underway to increase the number of winners in each prize draw.

The costs of each ticket will remain at $1 but the minimum jackpot will rise from $12 million to $15 million and the weekly rollover will increase by at least $5 million if there are no winners. There will also be changes to the number of balls used in the draw, which means the chances of winning a prize will increase to one in fifteen.
 

Triangular View of Person Filling PowerBall Lottery Form

 
At the same time, in the lottery latest news, a massive jackpot has been drawn in the Powerball draw. On Thursday 8 August 2013 a jackpot of no less than $448 million was drawn.

Three tickets shared this vast sum and as yet one still remains unclaimed.

One of the winners, Paul White, a project engineer from Ham Lake, Minnesota, used to be criticized by his family for playing the lottery but now he has $58.3 million (after taxes) in his bank account, it seems they may change their tune. Paul told reporters “I’ve totally been waiting for this day my entire life.”

The divorced father of two has already employed a lawyer and financial advisor and is looking forward to making previous daydreams reality.

The lottery latest news shows that both the other tickets were sold in New Jersey, the first time in 20 years that two jackpot tickets were sold in the same state, and one was divided between a syndicate of county employees in a maintenance garage.

The 16 Orange County workers waved a replica cheque for $86 million (before taxes) at a press reception and told reporters they were “very happy, happy, happy.”

The area had recently been devastated by Hurricane Sandy so the money is particularly welcome in a community trying to rebuild; one of the winners indeed lost her home to the storm.

Each member of the syndicate will receive $3.8 million (after taxes) and one member, Barbara Jo Riivald, found the win particularly significant as her father had drawn up the legislation creating the state lottery programme.

The group is pretty close-knit and only one is considering leaving work. The lady who lost her home in the storm, Darlene Riccio, told the press conference “It has been an extremely tough year, but when we lost everything, this whole group really pulled together and helped me through.”

We wish all the winners the very best for the future and look forward to hearing more about their good fortune in more lottery latest news.
 

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The War on the Scammers Email Continues

 
 

Nearly everyone online has received a scammers email at one time or another. Indeed, many of us regularly receive a scammers email encouraging us to send money or provide personal details in exchange for lottery winnings.

Of course, we should never respond to such correspondence as there are never any winnings to be received and the senders of the emails are only after our money or information.

Nonetheless, criminals are making huge amounts of money from these frauds, with a particular problem being criminals from Jamaica targeting vulnerable victims in the USA.
 

Man Relaxing With Laptop On Outside Terrace

 
to snuff out the sources of this heart-breaking crime but, as the rewards are so enormous and the criminal influence so deep-seated, rooting out the perpetrators is taking a great deal of time.

All areas of the US are affected by the scammers email and a recent article in the Kennebec Journal sets out the problems and latest progress from the perspective of the state of Maine. It is estimated that Americans are losing around $300 million a year to these frauds with individuals losing up to $85,000 or more a time. Sadly, as victims are often unwilling to admit their mistake, the total losses could be even greater.

Of course a scammers email or letter can be received by anyone around the world: the Canadian government’s anti-fraud centre, for example, received 2815 complaints in 2012 regarding Jamaican sourced lottery scams.

Please, if you receive such a scammers email, do not reply. You might consider reporting it to your local police but you should then certainly delete it.

Do not become a victim of these heartless criminals.

 

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Euromillions Prize Draw Surprises Norwegian Player

 
 

Norwegian Church Amongst Snowy Trees

 

Winning a lottery jackpot can change lives and so it was with a winner of the Euromillions prize draw on 3 May this year.

Norwegian businessman Yngvar Borgersen had forgotten he had even bought a ticket for the lottery. He and his son watched the lottery draw on television at home when they heard the Euromillions prize draw jackpot had been won by a person in Skien, their hometown. The sum, 102 million Kroner (£11 million or $17 million), was a new record for a Norwegian winner.

63-year-old Yngvar and his wife went to Turkey on a business trip. Sitting in their room in the Orient House hotel, Istanbul, he found he had a missed call from the Norwegian lottery administrators, Norsk Tipping. His wife persuaded Yngvar to call the company as “it could involve a very large sum.”

Finally on Saturday morning they received confirmation of their good luck. Yngvar celebrated the win with a bottle of champagne with his work associates. He returned to work on the Monday.

The family business, Water and Engergiteknikk, works in the drilling industry and Yngvar initially told reporters he was unlikely to buy any of the usual trappings of a lottery winner but was more likely to purchase a drilling rig for the company.

Subsequently, however, the businessman has used £280,000 of his winnings to help his local football team, Odd Grenland, keep hold of their top defender, Fredrik Semb Berge. Interestingly, Yngvar shows how good he is with money as the agreement means he will receive 25% of any future transfer fee the club receives for Berge.

The story of Yngvar Borgersen shows how winners of the Euromillions prize draw can keep a cool head and help the community too.
 
 

Two Taxi Drivers Save Elderly Lady From Scammers Email

 
 

Black and White Image of Cab Driver Leaning Against His Car
 

As discussed in previous articles, lottery scams are still very common. The criminals who operate the fraud are very clever and persuasive: often they form a relationship over a long period of time, which convinces their victims they are genuine.

Sadly what seems to be a genuine lottery win is often simply a criminal, or group of criminals, trying to get money from their victim, either directly or via their personal details.

Hopefully more and more people are beginning to understand the problem and are turning away when approached in this way. Too many times however, vulnerable victims are being caught and are losing huge amounts of money.

A particularly galling aspect of this crime is the victims are often too embarrassed to admit they have been duped or, even worse, they do not believe well-meaning people who advise them to pull away from the influence fraudsters hold over their victims.

Wink News in Florida, USA recently reported on two taxi drivers who acted when a regular customer looked like she was falling for the persuasive story of one of these criminals.

Jackson Jackreese is a driver with a local cab firm and became concerned when an elderly passenger told him she had won a global international lottery and had to send a stranger a money order of thousands of dollars. The taxi driver acted quickly and told of his worries to the police and bank staff who were able to stop the issuing of the money.

Such was the influence of the fraudsters however that the lady became annoyed with Mr. Jackreese’s actions and stopped using his company. She started using another taxi firm but did not expect what happened next.

Once again the victim took a taxi to her bank to issue a money order to the scammers. Her driver this time, Tony Strong, also picked up on what was happening and told bank officials who once again put a hold on the money. He also reported the whole affair to the local place fraud unit.

We can only hope the lady concerned has understood the situation and will not send any money.

Read the whole story on the WinkNews.com website.

Please treat any unsolicited claim of lottery winnings with suspicion and do nothing but report the correspondence to your local police.
 
 

Latest Lottery News: Player Wins Lottery Four Times

 
 

Young Businessman Smiling as He Holds Up Dollar Bills

 

Most of us play the UK lottery draw, European prize draw or one of the global international lotteries hoping to win a prize. But 72-year-old Melvyn Wilson of Woodbridge, Virginia in the USA has just won his fourth major lottery win.

In 2005, Mr. Wilson won three prizes of $500,000, $25,000 and £1 million in just 10 months. Not surprisingly he then retired from his job as a postal worker – but he carried on playing the lottery. Incredibly he has just won another $500,000: his total winnings are now $2.025 million.

The odds of winning a jackpot can be calculated, but the chances of winning four such prizes are totally unknown.

Interestingly, the $2 million jackpot for the last Virginia state draw has yet to be claimed.

Mr. Wilson is keeping his intentions close to his chest but, when he was asked on what he will spend the money, he just said: “I invest in Melvyn.”

There has been one previous four-time lottery winner; Joan Ginther, a professor at Stanford University, California won $21 million from four jackpots between 1993 to 2010.

It seems it is worth playing the lottery even if you have already won a prize!
 
 

Exploring the Four Types of Lottery Games in the U.S

 
 

A Hand Holding Four Megamillions Lottery Tickets

 
Most of those who wish for a financial miracle, are looking towards state administered lotteries with confidence and hope that one day they will get lucky. In the absence of a national lottery, there are 43 distinct lotteries managed by various states and also a handful of multiple state lotteries. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for those who feel lucky, especially with no limitations being in place for people who reside in a different state than the one in which they intend to play the lottery.
 
The three types of number games
 
There are over 200 lottery games played throughout the United States, but they can be grouped in four categories and three of them are number games. One number games imply the fact that the player selects one number that has three, four and recently five digits, and then choose whether he intends to play this as a straight or a box. For the straight to be a winner the exact number needs to come, while the box will reward the player even if the digits come in a different order.
 
Multi-number games can be with one or two sets of numbers ranging from 1 to a certain value that is predefined, and the payouts depend on how many numbers are correctly predicted. The order in which the chosen numbers come doesn’t matter but it is difficult enough to predict all six numbers and that’s why the prizes are so generous. Among those with two sets of numbers, games such as Powerball or Mega Millions are very popular due to the huge rewards. The odds for someone to win in either of these games are dismal, but this doesn’t prevent fun seeking individuals from playing week after week. More over there are four types of games ran by state administered lotteries in the United States to learn more about them visit Lotterycrunch.com and participate in amazing lotteries from all around the world.
 
Keno type and other lottery games
 
Keno games are very popular throughout the United States and their resemblance with multi-number games is uncanny. The difference resides in the fact that the player chooses 10 numbers that range between 1 and 82 and twice as more numbers than the player selects are being drawn. This means that in a regular Keno game 20 numbers are drawn and once again the payouts vary depending on how many numbers one can predict.
 
Some states have their own games that resemble a more or less conventional lottery game, and the Kicker is one of those who don’t stray too far from traditional lotteries. In this case the difference is that the players are purchasing cards that have prearranged numbers, otherwise the rules stay the same. Last but not least there are states like California that run horse racing games such as the Daily Derby.
 
 

The Hungarian Global International Lottery

 
 

Parliament Building And River Danube Budapest Hungary

 
Interest in the British National Lottery, the Euromillions prize draw and the Mega Millions draws has lead to a renewed interest in many other world lotteries.

The Hungarian lottery draw is one such global international lottery worth investigating. A lottery has actually been in existence in the country since 1763 when the first draws were held in Buda and Bratislava.

Since that time, many players have benefited from the prizes given out by this global international lottery.

The player selects six numbers from 1 to 45 and, as in other lotteries, a jackpot is paid out for matching all six numbers with those drawn on a Sunday evening. Lesser prizes are awarded for matching three, four and five numbers too.

In the last Hatoslottó draw, on Sunday 17 February 2013, for example, there was no jackpot winner but a player did win 281,700 Hungarian Forints ($1269.29 or £832.42) for matching 5 numbers. As in other draws, the jackpot will roll over to next Sunday’s draw.

Indeed, the Hatoslottó jackpot has been rolling over for the last few weeks and now totals Ft 685 million (over £2 million or $3 million).

The oldest lottery in Hungary is in fact the Ötöslottó draw, where the player matches five from a range of ninety numbers to win the jackpot. At present, the jackpot for this draw stands at Ft 730 million. The draw for this lottery takes place every Saturday.

The payouts may not seem particularly large but in 2009 a 15-man police force resigned after winning the equivalent of more than £10 million in the Hungarian lottery. Equally another anonymous winner won around £15 million in 2003, so the money is there to be won.

Playing a global international lottery like this can be exciting and you can choose from a wide range of up to 47 such draws on theLotter.com to make the whole experience even more enjoyable.
 
 

UK Lottery Draw: Making The Most Of 2013

 
 

Aston Martin Outside Luxury Houses In California

 
Well, here we are in 2013. I don’t know about you, but a new year always makes me think what I have done over the last 12 months and what the next year holds. One thing that could radically change your life this year is to win a substantial amount on the British National Lottery, the Euromillions prize draw or another global international lottery.

In fact, you can easily play any of more than 40 lotteries around the world without leaving the house. Get your tickets from theLotter.com, for example, and you have access to that many lotteries. 761,063 players on theLotter.com have received more than $23 million in prizes and recent results show this total is growing.

The individual jackpots are growing too – one winner of the top US Mega Millions lottery won $656 million and the Euromillions prize draw record to date is over £600 million. True, these prizes were not won by players of theLotter.com but who knows about the future?

One of the attractions of playing lotteries through theLotter.com is the multi-draw tickets and discounts you can use. They really make playing the lotteries an exciting pastime and provide information on more than 70 lotteries. Why not join and try the different ways of playing?

Don’t forget that the lotteries don’t only pay out jackpot prizes. The other ‘lesser’ prizes can be life changing too. Would £100,000 make a difference to you? This is available on many of the lotteries offered for matching a few numbers.

But why stop at playing the lotteries? The affiliate scheme connected to theLotter.com, MyLotto.com will help you earn an income from recommending theLotter.com to your friends, family and colleagues. Visit MyLotto.com and find out more.

Who knows if your life could radically change in 2013? Taking advantage of all theLotter.com and MyLotto.com offer and you could face 2014 with a great deal more pleasure.

And who knows how many people you could help along the way?
 
 

Latest Lottery News: The Sad End Of An Illinois Winner

 
 

Magnifying Glass On US Dollar Bills

 
A winner of a global international lottery usually looks forward to a better future, especially if they take the advice generally available from lottery administrators. The latest lottery news however has thrown up a sad situation in Illinois.

In June 2012, 46-year-old Urooj Khan had travelled to Saudi Arabia on a pilgrimage and, on his return, vowed never to gamble again. But he could not resist one last lottery ticket, which he bought at his local 7-Eleven convenience store. It was a scratch card and he immediately revealed his win in front of the store employee.

Mr. Khan was astonished to find he had won $600,000. Store employee Ashur Oshana told an Associated Press reporter, “He kissed my hand and gave me $100. He was really happy.”

After taxes, Mr. Khan received a cheque from the global international lottery for $425,000 at an Illinois Lottery ceremony soon after. An owner of a small chain of dry cleaner stores, he announced he would put some of the money into his business and some to a children’s hospital.

The cheque for the money was issued on 19 July and was cashed on 15 August 2012. Sadly, Mr. Khan did not enjoy the money: he died on 20 July, the day after receiving the cheque.

The initial cause of death was deemed to be natural but, in a twist worthy of Agatha Christie, a relative put the findings in doubt. A second autopsy was carried out and it was revealed the winner of the global international lottery had died of cyanide poisoning.

Police have now launched a new investigation and are likely to exhume Mr. Khan’s body. Lottery winnings in Illinois normally pass to the relatives.

Perhaps another good reason to keep quiet about a lottery win!

We will try to follow this story in later latest lottery news.
 
 

Is It Worth Playing Powerball and Mega Millions Anymore?

 
 

 

Lotteries are not a modern invention and have been around for quite a while; it looks like they are here to stay. Some of the most popular competitions such as the Powerball and USA Mega Millions have changed their rules over the course of time, and not all of the changes were for the better. For the vast majority of players, it is less important if the odds have reduced or improved because they know that regardless of the changes they are still underdogs. The prospect of winning huge jackpots is alluring enough, but switched on players would still like to know more about their chances of winning prizes.

The New Powerball Unveiled

The rules of the game have changed slightly but they are just as easy to understand and given the fact that players have virtually no control over the outcome of the game, many dismiss them as irrelevant. Essentially a player selects five numbers ranging between 1 and 59 and another one called the Powerball, which should range between 1 and 39. This means that in order to cash in on the big jackpot, you need to be terribly lucky because the odds of hitting all of the numbers are roughly 1 in 200 millions.

It is obvious that one needs to be an incurable optimist to actually expect to win the jackpot, but given the huge amounts and the success stories, very few will let the odds hurts their morale. Powerball might not be a solution for those who need a way to cover imminent expenses, but those who dream about incredible prizes will stick to this game until the bitter end. The new rules made it even more difficult to win, but while everyone immediately thinks about the jackpot when hearing about Powerball, there are also lower prizes waiting to be won.

A Decent Prize Even Without A Powerball

For a lottery ticket to qualify for the jackpot, all the five chosen numbers and the Powerball need to match. If the Powerball doesn’t agree, the player can still collect a decent prize and in this case the odds are somewhere around the value of one in 5 million. These prizes are won on a weekly basis but the jackpot is somewhat of a rarity and with each week that passes without a winner being decided, the jackpot grows.

The reason why this happens is that the insignificant odds demand a huge number of tickets to be sold in order for all of the possible combinations to be covered. Since this rarely happens the prize pool grows steadily until someone is lucky enough to cash in on the jackpot, and these are the moments that we hear about when watching TV. While the odds of winning are dismal, players can find the consolation in the fact that no one would bother rigging a game that puts players at too much of a disadvantage.